CAMPAIGN

GOP Hammers Mitt Over Missteps

The Grand Old Party has just about had it with Mitt Romney after the presidential candidate, blunder by blunder, has begun to yield an edge to President Obama. “He’s had two narratives over the last week and a half: one that says, ‘Is he compassionate?’; the other that says, ‘Is he competent?” former George W. Bush strategist Matthew Dowd said earlier this week. Romney’s struggle to master even a single news cycle before November was set back even further this week after the leak of a video in which he is seen talking about 47 percent of American citizens as “victims.”